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‘Fuki-ji’ Buddhist temple ,which stands in Kunisaki Peninsula, Oita Prefecture, is one of the rare wooden buildings of the Heian period remaining in places other than Kyoto.

Posted By on Jun 8, 2012

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Kunisaki Peninsula, where ‘Fuki-ji’ stands, was flourishing as a place of Buddhist culture, having had something to do with nearby ‘Usa-jingu’ Shinto shrine built in the 8th century.

Kunisaki Peninsula, where ‘Fuki-ji’ stands, was flourishing as a place of Buddhist culture, having had something to do with nearby ‘Usa-jingu’ Shinto shrine built in the 8th century.  Trainee monks of Mountain religion, that is Japan’s native animism, regarded this peninsula as a holy ground in ancient times.

After that, these structures related to animism began to transform into Buddhist temples in the 8th to 12th century and sixty-five temples were finally built here.
‘Fuki-ji’ is one of the largest temples in this district, well preserving a character typical of temple building in those days.
‘Nio-mon’ gate, as shown in the first picture, stands with a pair of ‘nio’ guardian gods.  The second picture shows ‘amida-do’,also called ‘o-do’, which is the oldest existing wooden structure in Kyushu and is a national treasure.  An old ‘amida-nyorai’ seated figure of Buddha is enshrined in this building, surrounded by a wall painting of Paradise. These are designated as important cultural assets.

By Masahisa Takaki.

 

Fukiji Temple

2395 Tashibufuki, Bungotakada, Oita Prefecture, Japan

 

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